An Introduction to Anadiplosis

Anadiplosis (one of the figures in the figure of amplification family), is a rhetorical device in which the word that ended a preceding clause is recalled or (so to say) is repeated at the immediate beginning of the succeeding clause.

Simply put by PeachamOpens in new window's definition: Anadiplosis is when the last word of the first clause Opens in new window is the first word of the second.

    For Example:
  • “The frog was a prince
    The prince was a brick
    The brick was an egg
    The egg was a bird”
  • — Supper's Ready by Genesis
Notable Examples of Anadiplosis
  • “Information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, wisdom is not truth, truth is not beauty, beauty is not love, love is not music and music is the best.”
  • — Frank Zappa
  • “Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.”
  • “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us.”
  • —Romans 5:3–5

As shown in the examples above, anadiplosis consists in the repetition of last words of preceeding clauses in the succeeding clauses. The primary purpose is addition of emphasis to the subject of discourse, and to make the message enunciated on the part of the reader or someone at the receiving end.

Further Readings:
American Rhetoric: AnadiplosisOpens in new window